Xylitol also has low calories per gram (2.4) and has been suggested as a valuable aid in assisting diabetics with weight control. A word of warning, however, – some Xylitol on the market is not 100% pure, and may be blended with other ingredients that may be higher in calories and carbohydrates, making them unsuitable for diabetics. Nirvana Xylitol™, on the other hand, is pure and natural and has a GI of just 7.
As with any serious medical conditions, however, if in doubt please consult your health practitioner before incorporating Xylitol into your daily diet, and be sure to continually monitor your blood sugar levels.
There are only two instances where Xylitol is not suitable, however, with the first being breads or recipes that require yeast to make the dough rise, as Xylitol cannot be metabolised by yeast. The other exception is hard candy and other recipes that require sugar to be caramelised, as Xylitol does not caramelise like sugar. Also, some users have commented that Xylitol absorbs more liquid than sugar, so you may need to compensate with a little extra liquid in some recipes.
With our many packaging and dispensing options, however, finding that perfect measure of Nirvana Xylitol™ is now easier than ever – and you’ll be cooking and baking delicious (and low calorie and low GI!) treats like a master chef in no time!
Nirvana Xylitol is sourced from Non-GMO corn cobs from China. Corn derived Xylitol from the US is from genetically modified grown corn. Nirvana Xylitol uses 100% pure (nothing added), highest grade Xylitol from Corn cobs -an environmentally sustainable source (no de-forestation) and sourced from non GMO crop. Finnish Xylitol is derived from Birch trees. Xylitol is not manufactured in Australia.
Xylitol from Finland is produced from the bark of birch trees. We have included some information researched below that has contributed to this decision:
We noticed dramatic differences between the process used to extract xylan hemicellulose from the two sources. The corn cob source appears to be more environmentally friendly than birch bark source. Corn cobs, which we assume everyone agrees is a renewable resource each year, has the least environmental impact. The fields the corn is grown in generally do not use pesticides, and only use non-GMO corn. This would qualify the corn as organic. As the cob is usually thrown away, this also is helping to reduce perceived waste.
The birch bark source xylitol involves harvesting the bark from birch trees. This in effect is killing the tree, which forces the tree to be cut down. The birch tree is not a good renewable resource (even though it can be regrown) as it takes about 15 years before a tree can be harvested. As long as the trees are not being sprayed with any pesticides, the bark could be considered organic. It is unknown what is done with the actual tree trunk, but is assumed it is being used for other industrial purposes.
The actual extraction process is also different. The corn cob source uses a natural ion-exchange interaction of hydrogen, hydrochloric acid, and steam. The waste water from this process is used for mushroom farming adjacent to the factory itself, and the pulp is used for fuel. The birch bark source xylitol uses the same process, but uses sulfuric acid in place of hydrochloric acid. This creates a waste product which is not suitable to be reused in in any other manner.
The conclusion from the research is corn cob based xylitol appears to be a better product in all arenas. From the price of the product to the general impact on the environment from start to finish, it is better than birch source xylitol.